When you think of Peru, one tends to think of Machu Picchu and the Amazon. What people don’t realise is that there is so much more to the third largest country in Latin America. Explore the abundant rainforest, trek through the Inca Empire, visit hip new surf spots and wild beaches or sail across the highest navigable lake in the world. Peru suits the culture vultures as much as it suits the thrill seekers.

The best season to visit Machu Picchu is during the Peruvian winter, from May through November when you’ll experience warm days, cold nights and little rain

The classic route is to land in the capital Lima and spend a few days working your way through the amazing restaurants and markets with a Pisco sour in hand, before heading to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Here, you’ll find some of the most epic treks in the world that not only take in amazing scenery en-route but also provide exquisite properties to rest your head at night.

One of the most spectacular luxury lodges in the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna

Abundant rainforest and jungle lodges can be found in one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet in the Tambopata National Reserve. Explore pristine forests with local biologists in the day and visit the Ese Eja indigenous people of the Amazon before returning to your wellness lodge for a spot of yoga in the afternoon. Heading north, we can also arrange state-of-the-art luxury cruises in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to spot the pink river dolphins.

Maximise your jungle adventure aboard a boat and go Caiman spotting

World-class ocean wildlife and top surfing spots can be found on the northern beaches for those looking for the perfect wild waves. Peru proves itself as one of the most underrated surf meccas with its massive waves, local charms and excellent fresh seafood.

Mancora in northern peru is a lesser known surfer’s paradise

Best Time to Visit: The weather in Peru varies greatly depending on area. The Southern coast is best from December through April, the Andes is best in May and the jungle is best from April to October

Getting There: Direct flights from the UK to Lima make this a straightforward holiday choice